A columbarium is a place for the respectful and usually public storage of cinerary urns (i.e., urns holding a deceased's cremated remains). It is basially a structure consisting of small vaults or niches for urns containing cremated remains.

Committal service 
The ceremony at the gravesite following a funeral ceremony. Loved ones of the deceased gather as the closed casket is lowered into the ground. At times a family member will shovel the first dirt onto the casket. Family members and friends may throw flowers into the grave.

A Crypt is the concrete or stone chambers in a mausoleum, where the caskets are placed and sealed. A Lawn Crypt is also as an underground mausoleum with pre-installed vaults that allow for single or double stacked burial in a cemetery lawn space.

The interment of human remains in an above-ground crypt or mausoleum.

The placing of remains into their final resting place, such as the ground, a tomb, crypt or niche, etc

The placing of an urn containing cremated remains into a columbarium, niche, crypt, tomb or ground space.

Lawn crypt 
A subsurface concrete structure constructed in multiple units for the interment of human remains. Lawn crypts may be constructed with more than one tier or level.

Mausoleum crypts are designed to withstand weather and protect remains. After a casket is entombed, a granite or marble front seals the crypt. You might choose entombment in a mausoleum because it's dry and clean.  A mausoleum burial is above ground

Any item, other than a mausoleum or columbarium, used for identifying an interment space or for commemoration of the life of a decedent, including, but not limited to, a monument, marker, niche plate, urn garden plaque, crypt plate, cenotaph, marker bench and vase.

A niche is an above ground burial space, where a decedent's urn, containing their cremated remains, is placed inside a sealed compartment or cubicle for the memorialization and permanent placement of cremated remains.

Professional service fee 
The fee charged for making an interment including, but not limited to, administrative, clerical, legal, and mechanical services performed by the cemetery in conjunction with opening the interment space and closing the space after the interment has been performed.

A container made from a variety of materials including, but not limited to, bronze, ceramic, glass, porcelain, wood or other materials, into which cremated remains are placed. Many are designed in traditional vase-like shapes or square and rectangular cubes.

Vault/Outer Container

A burial vault (also known as a burial liner, grave vault, and grave liner) is a container, formerly made of wood or brick but more often today made of concrete that encloses a coffin to help prevent a grave from sinking.


A social gathering associated with death, usually held before a funeral. Traditionally, a waketakes place in the house of the deceased with the body present; however, modern wakes are often performed at a funeral home or another convenient location.